Hello, My Movievaures! I hope you had a fantastic week! I’m back with a new review of Mike Flanagan’s latest work: The Midnight Club. I was thrilled when I heard about this show, as I loved all of the Haunting series and Midnight Mass. I was a bit skeptical that it was teenagers’ focus because I’m tired of Netflix’s interpretation of this period of time in one’s life. I gave it a try, so let’s get into it! But first, the non-spoiler part:
The Midnight Club follows a group of eight terminally ill teenagers living in a mysterious but beautiful manor transformed into a hospice. Every night, they get together to tell horror/scary stories, and as their fellowship grows they promise each other to send a sign from the beyond when they will pass if the supernatural truly exists. The question will be, does it? This show is based on the works of Christopher Pike.
First of all, let me tell you that my fear of these teenagers being too stereotypical was not substantiated. The main characters are all very particular but in a positive way. They are engaging, passionate, and indeed sometimes a bit cliché, but it only adds to the story. Each one of them has a consistent background story and a true development that allows the spectators to feel close to them.
This is even more important when you see how deep some of the messages go in this story. It is crucial to have good actors and characters that will support what the writers and director want to convey. The main ones I see in this story are sickness, death and the fear of it, acceptance, love and friendship, regrets and overall life. I always loved how Flanagan represents all of these concepts through ghosts and supernatural beings. There is always place for the believers of the after life, but also for the rationals out there.
In short, The Midnight club is scary from time to time, bit mainly it is a touching story. About how sometimes those closer to death are the ones who better know how to live. About the importance of our loves ones and accepting each other as we are. About how people beliefs sometimes are important even if we don’t believe in them ourselves. Finally, how having hope is not the opposite of accepting reality. This is all for today My Movievaures! Let me know in the comments down below or on Instagram your thoughts about this show. Did you enjoyed it as much as the other haunting series? I’ll be back next week for a new article on The Movievaures!